By Marcus Leach

P&O Cruises owner Carnival has announced the order of a new 141,000 tonne cruise liner which, it says, will be the largest built specifically for the British market.

To be built at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard, the all-in cost is approximately €155,000 per lower berth.

Ushering in an exciting era for P&O Cruises, the ship will offer a stylish and innovative new design and an unprecedented number of passenger facilities, along with many of the brand’s classic and iconic features. Specifications and new product innovations will be announced at a later date.

“P&O Cruises is Britain’s number one cruise operator, and is synonymous with high quality holidays that celebrate its rich British heritage," Micky Arison, Carnival Corporation & plc’s chairman and CEO said.

"The UK continues to be a key growth market and innovative vessels such as this new P&O Cruises ship — targeted specifically to British clientele — underscore our commitment to leading the expansion of this important cruise region.

"With a progression of highly successful new ships introduced over the last 15 years, P&O Cruises is uniquely experienced in designing vessels to meet the specific needs and aspirations of British passengers. This newly ordered ship will underline P&O Cruises’ position as Britain’s favourite cruise line.”